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Nirmali Fenn

Winged Links

String quartet

Duration, c14 minutes


Whilst browsing through the art collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, I was struck by the title of Paul Klee’s painting Beschwingte Bindungen, which the Museum has translated as Winged Links. This title, which I have adopted for the the String Quartet, serves to disclose the thematic behaviour and compositional method at work within the piece.
Except for the title, Klee’s painting did not influence the piece in any way, unlike the book Point and Line to Plane by Wassily Kandinsky. The tension within a point, the resonances surrounding a point, the directions of tension within lines, the weight of accumulated tension – all are examples of ideas important to this composition.

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‘Your piece is like a work by a great artist.
From every perspective, the proportions are perfect.’

Wolfgang Rihm on the string quartet Winged Links
at the Kingston University workshop with the Arditti String Quartet 2010

string quartetExcerpt
Recorded by the Arditti String Quartet
in Coombehurst Studio
on Monday 8 March 2010
as part of the Kingston University
International Call
for New Work 2010


Winged links
hh265.fsp  · ISMN 979 0 708092 17 9
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